Ugly backdrops are the key to really great pictures.

My little brother, Adam. Better known as Harry Potter. (Photo taken by my mother.)

I wasn't kidding about my mom making my brother and I stand in front of the door to the basement before any "important event" in our lives. Obviously, dressing up as Harry Potter for the release of the last book is a very significant moment in the life of any young boy.

Let it be noted, in all fairness, that he works at a bookstore and was asked to dress up like this. However, he's the one who went overboard and ordered the official Harry Potter sweater and necktie and nonsense. (Too bad he couldn't find any decent eyeglasses, though.)

Tomorrow, I go in for my first "second interview." We'll see if that warrants another Obligatory Door Picture.